“Fight for the things that you care about.
But do it in a way that will lead others to join you. “
– Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Dear Valued Alumni, Placement Partners, Generous Supporters, and Fellows,

I write to you today with profound hope and excitement as I step into my role as the Interim Executive Director of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC). It is a privilege to join this esteemed organization, and I am eager to embark on this journey of collective impact with every one of you.

As we stand at this pivotal moment in LVC’s history, we must take stock of our past accomplishments, confront our current challenges, and boldly envision the future ahead. While change may be inevitable, our unwavering commitment to shared values remains steadfast.

For more than four decades, LVC has been a beacon of light, harnessing the passion and dedication of young adults to effect positive change within non-profit organizations. Together, we have touched countless lives and catalyzed enduring transformations in communities. None of this would have been possible without your steadfast support.

  • In the months ahead, the board and I will engage in a process of reflection and evaluation, seeking to understand our strengths and areas for growth better. As the stakeholders who have been instrumental in our journey, your voices will guide us. Through a lens of collaboration and inclusivity, we will comprehensively assess our programs, policies, and practices. Together, we will strive to develop a conceptual road map for our future- a direction- that will lead to a strategic plan for a later quarter of 2024.
  • I extend a heartfelt invitation to each of you to join us in this journey of renewal and reimagining. Your perspectives, insights, and experiences are not just valuable; they are essential as we shape the future of LVC together. Indeed, we find ourselves at a crossroads filled with challenges and opportunities for growth and transformation that we can only seize together. Again, this will be the roadmap for our plan of action.

As we chart this new course, let us embrace the unknown with courage and optimism, drawing strength from our shared commitment to social justice and equity, which has always been at the heart of LVC’s mission. Together, we can redefine what it means to serve and advocate for a more just world.

I invite you to connect with me. Let’s schedule a virtual coffee and conversation to exchange ideas and insights. I can be reached at

With Hope and Gratitude,

K. Jean Ahwesh Interim Executive Director Lutheran Volunteer Corps